NEXT Wednesday, July 20 | 6:30 - 8 PM | Common Grounds
Jack’s Woodcut Prints are on display now in the Common Grounds Gallery.
A little bit about Jack
Jack Glover has lived in Richmond since the 60s and resides with his wife of 34 years, Susan Hankla.
Glover’s visual art works are showcased in private and corporate collections, including Capitol One, the Federal Reserve Bank, Phillip Morris, American Machine Corporation, DePauw University and the United States Department of Education. He is a former Associate Professor at Virginia Commonwealth University, and he has served the Richmond City Public Schools for 39 years as Artist-in-Residence and Arts Resource Specialist.
His work with children is nationally recognized: Selections from his children’s television shows are housed in the American Museum of Broadcasting. Twice he has received the National Iris Award for the best locally produced children’s television program.
He is the recipient of the David B. Marshall Award for new American musicals and a special guest at the White House honoring his book, Theatre Arts and the Handicapped. The Carter Peace Center also has bestowed honors for his work with children.
He is a long-standing member of the trio, The East Virginia Toad Suckers, who are fashionably recorded on LP. They appeared on the television program Hee Haw for which they have received royalties.
Jack's woodblock prints
Jack Glover makes woodcuts because he has no trouble carving backwards images. This divergent thinking has always been what you can rely on in any of Jack’s artworks, from his children’s’ TV shows, Jack and the Jukebox, Paint Pot Alley and The Mud Pie Show to his unusual musical plays, songs, paintings and general good humor.
The woodcuts show a special side of Jack that nothing else can present quite so well: his patience in doing the labor to make the clean cuts into the white pine boards; the long time spent hand-rubbing, making the images bind with the rice paper. He presents the human experience through his joyful filter of compassionate fun and serious revelation. The black and white of the finished woodcuts are colored with meaning. People, ordinary citizens doing a good deed or contributing to small town life in other ways resonate with stability and historical reverence, and yet they are playful, too. Sometimes mythical, lyrical works that speak to the emotions, his woodcuts sing a timeless tune of hope and assurance that everyone has something useful and true to do with each other.